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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari
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January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on... (read more)

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General
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
by Jeff Hobbs
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On one level, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace is about unfulfilled potential and heartbreaking loss, but more importantly it deals with the pressure we all feel to succeed and be happy in an increasingly competitive society. It is a beautiful... (read more)

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Popular Culture
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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
by Chuck Klosterman
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One-of-a-kind cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman “offers up great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations in this look at our love affair with the anti-hero” (New York... (read more)

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Military Industrial Complex and National Security
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser
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A myth-shattering exposé of Americas nuclear weapons Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of Americas nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary... (read more)

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Economy
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Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
by David Cay Johnston
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The issue of inequality has irrefutably returned to the fore, riding on the anger against Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis and the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the super–rich. The Occupy movement made... (read more)

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Politics
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A Fighting Chance
A Fighting Chance
by Elizabeth Warren
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Whether you're a liberal or a conservative, every side needs a champion who can translate complicated ideas into simple language. But the left enjoys more than an extremely capable communicator. Elizabeth Warren's passion is infectious, her determination... (read more)

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Families
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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
by Alex Kotlowitz
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Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker were ready to reform our failing schools. What they got instead was an education. When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform... (read more)

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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
by Jorge Cervantes
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Featuring information by more than 300 contributors--a veritable "whos who" of cannabis cultivation--this is the most complete book on the subject available. New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make the book one that both indoor and outdoor... (read more)

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
by Mark Mazzetti
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s explosive account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special forces into competing covert manhunting and killing operations — the new American way of war. Osama bin Laden’s... (read more)

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Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough
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What would it take? That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children—not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that... (read more)

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